As we wound and wandered our way through northern Jutland (mainland Denmark), we stopped over in Aalborg, and spent the night in a lovely AirBnB. The next morning it was on to adventure, and the day held a series of beautiful forests, preserves, and the fantastic Rubjerg Knude Fyr! The Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse.
Now as we continued our wind north, we started to focus in on Lokken, the area where the old Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse was built, and where its ruin sits today.
The Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse is in the Jutland (mainland) municipality of Hjørring in northern Denmark. As you can see by the maps, it’s located on the north sea, tucked across the channel from the Norweigan city of Kristiansand.
The Lighthouse was first lit on December 27, 1900. It sits upon the top of Lønstrup Klint (cliff), and until 1908 it operated on gas. It was later converted, and reached the end of its life in 1968. From then on, it took on a new life as a museum and a coffee shop for curious visitors along the northern coast. But, by 2002 the damage from costal erosion and the shifting of the sand dunes across the lighthouse were too great, and it was abandoned. By 2009, the damage was so severe that the outbuildings were removed and only the gutted tower remained.
Estimates put the final crumbling of the tower into the sea between 2022-2025.